DETROIT (WJBK) - The death of any child is hard to handle, but the murder of Mariha Smith has left so many devastated.
Police say the little girl was kidnapped from her Detroit home, suffocated and set on fire.
"For someone to do a child like this, brutality like this, I think that there should be an (outpouring) from the community that we don't need to take this any longer," said Mike Kemp from Peace Funeral Home in Detroit.
He said he was with the family when they learned the burned body found inside a charred house was that of little Mariha.
Peace Funeral Home immediately offered to pay for her funeral expenses.
"We always want to reach out to families in the community. No one else does it a lot of times," Kemp said. "This is a baby. This is a child. If the community (doesn't) reach out for children, who will they reach out to?"
Kemp said as soon as the public learned what funeral home was helping to spare the family they were flooded with phone calls. People have donated money, flowers and catered food. Detroit Memorial Park even donated a cemetery plot where Mariha will be buried.
"Everybody wants to help out. I believe that a grief shared is a grief diminished," Kemp told FOX 2's Taryn Asher. "So, if the community can help share this grief, it will take a burden off the family."
Also helping to alleviate the burden is Clayton Carter, who owns Can You Picture This in Detroit. He's making tee shirts in memory of the little girl with the big smile. Half of the profits will go to Mariha's family.
"Terrible thing that happened," said Carter. "This one really touched me, so I wanted to reach out to them and do something nice for the family."
As the community prepares to bury Mariha, the investigation into her death continues. Police are still searching for a person of interest caught on camera buying $0.41 of gasoline ten minutes before the house where Mariha was found was set on fire. A house just two blocks away.
If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact Detroit Police.
Donations can be made through the Peace Funeral Home, 19530 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48219. You can also contact them by telephone at (313) 535-6477